UTSA and SSA have a long-standing and shared commitment to expand arts education, learning and public engagement in the San Antonio community. Building on that commitment and as initiated by a letter of intent, this collaborative effort will spur cultural and economic growth through the effective use of resources, increase community engagement, generate cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural exchange, and elevate creative literacy through an expansion of teaching and studio space.
The new school will be organized under the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts, enabling the integration of SSA’s prestigious Bachelor of Fine Arts program, expanded community offerings and partnerships and preservation of SSA’s historic assets. It will be anchored at the SSA Campus, which occupies several buildings in downtown San Antonio, including the former Ursuline Convent & Academy, which was built in 1851 along the San Antonio River. The site promotes education and enrichment in close proximity to numerous downtown cultural and arts centers, including the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts,
Honoring the Vision
To honor the vision of the founders of SSA, UTSA will maintain SSA’s name and brand in future naming of the new school to continue the legacy of the SSA campus for future generations.
For many years, UTSA and Southwest School of Art have benefited from a strong relationship and a variety of connections. This new partnership responds to the societal need for creative problem solvers with multiple skills who readily adapt to the velocity of change in the 21st century.
San Antonio is the cultural heart of Texas, and we are deeply committed to collectively ensuring that this new school is truly interdisciplinary and continues to be a catalyst, a protector and a voice for creative ideas, collaborations and energy.